All the Hidden Truths
Hodder & Stoughton
The Gold Dagger
This award is for the best crime novel by an author of any nationality, originally written in English, first published in the UK during the Judging Period. The broadest definition of the crime novel defines eligible books including thrillers, suspense novels and spy fiction.
It was originally created in 1955, under the name of the Crossed Red Herrings Award. The first winner was Winston Graham for The Little Walls. It was renamed the Gold Dagger in 1960 and has been awarded ever since with variations in its name depending on sponsorship.
Up to 2005 books in translation were eligible for this prize. In 2006 the CWA established a separate dagger, the International, for books in translation, recognising the work of the translator as well as that of the original author.
All the Hidden Truths
The Puppet Show
M W Craven
What We Did
Unto Us a Son is Given
American by Day
Derek B Miller
A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better
Richard Reynolds (Chair)
Richard has been a bookseller for over thirty-five years and is the organiser of regular events for readers of crime fiction at Heffers in Cambridge, including the annual events What’s Your Poison & Murder under the Mistletoe, the editor of the Oleander Press London Bound series of classic crime novels and is an expert in Crime fiction.
David was once the retail manager for Heffers in Cambridge, and manager of the Norwich branch of Ottakers. He now works for St John’s College, Cambridge and an avid crime fiction reader.
Janice has a nursing and archaeology background with a particular interest in forensics. For the last 14 years she has worked for Waterstones as a bookseller.
Jo discovered crime fiction in the library of the small fenland town in which she grew up. She has been Secretary of/Events Organiser for the Margery Allingham Society for several years and is an occasional reviewer.
Ursula was CEO of Little, Brown Book Group from 2006 – 2015. Following a period as Chairman she retired at the end of 2016 and now sits as a non-executive director on the Boards of Profile and Andrew Nurnberg Associates. She has always been a great enthusiast for crime fiction and a supporter of both the CWA and the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival at Harrogate
Marcel is a former lawyer turned award-winning journalist. He has written and broadcast extensively on a large variety of subjects for a wide range of newspapers and magazines, and on radio and television. He is the crime fiction and thrillers critic for The Times.
Pippa was introduced to crime fiction by a Francis Durbridge loving grandmother and a Christie loving primary schoolteacher. Pippa has done the admin for a crime fiction book group for the last 16 years and is currently awaiting publication of Cambridge – Myriads of Misdeeds.
|Claire Askew||All the Hidden Truths||Hodder & Stoughton|
|Belinda Bauer||Snap||Transworld – Bantam Press|
|Ray Celestin||The Mobster’s Lament||Pan Macmillan – Mantle|
|M. W. Craven||The Puppet Show||Little, Brown – Constable|
|John Harvey||Body and Soul||Cornerstone – William Heinemann|
|Christobel Kent||What We Did||Little, Brown – Sphere|
|Donna Leon||Unto Us a Son Is Given||William Heinemann|
|John Lincoln||Fade to Grey||No Exit Press|
|David Mark||Cold Bones||Hodder & Stoughton – Mulholland Books|
|Derek B. Miller||American By Day||Transworld – Doubleday|
|Abir Mukherjee||Smoke and Ashes||Harvill Secker|
|William Shaw||Salt Lane||Riverrun|
|Peter Swanson||Before She Knew Him||Faber & Faber|
|Andrew Taylor||The Fire Court||Harper Collins – Harper Fiction|
|Benjamin Wood||A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better||Simon & Schuster UK – Scribner|
A perfectly balanced combination of courtroom drama and fast-paced action. Add to the mix strong characterisation and superb plotting for a twisty and absorbing read in which nothing is resolved until the very last page.